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The Fourth of July and fireworks go together like stars and stripes. And, as with any summer holiday, good food, cool drinks and great company are a must. In the northern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, there are tons of places to go to see a spectacular fireworks display with your loved ones, and many of them include excellent eateries with gorgeous views of the pyrotechnics. Here are some of the best North Bay restaurants to dine in while catching the 4th of July show in the sky.
601 Murray Circle
Sausalito, CA 94965
Situated across from the Golden Gate Bridge, Murray Circle in Sausalito is a lovely spot to dine and gives spectators a great vantage point of the San Francisco fireworks. Executive Chef Justin Everett offers up a simple menu with gourmet flair. Diners have choices of duck, beef loin, quail, and a variety of seafood options including Alaskan halibut and an ocean stew. Saturday dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
241 1st St. W.
Sonoma, CA 95476
Located further north in Sonoma, the Depot Hotel restaurant holds an annual 4th of July celebration complete with an oyster bar and buffet dinner. The $90 ticket includes a bottle of wine, tax and tip, and part even goes toward a donation to the Sonoma Valley Volunteer Fire Association, who provides the fireworks. The 7 p.m. dinner service begins on the beautiful terrace where diners can nosh on barbecued oysters and house made focaccia, while the dining room buffet, offering everything from tuscan fried chicken to Italian cheeses, opens at 7:30. After a cheesecake dessert, sit back in the warm summer night and enjoy the show.
Pier 3, Hornblower Landing
San Francisco, CA 94111
If you are feeling adventurous and looking for a unique view or the San Francisco fireworks, the San Francisco Belle Dinner Cruise may be the perfect fit for you. Blending a three-and-a-half-hour cruise on the bay with dinner, drinks, and dancing, Hornblower Cruises takes the 4th of July experience to a new level. Make sure to book your Independence Day cruise early, as this is a sell-out event every year.
Pier 39 Concourse
San Francisco, CA 94133
For the seafood lovers, Fog Harbor Fish House not only serves up some of the best clam chowder in town, but also offers a spectacular view of the Golden Gate, where diners can catch the fireworks show. Crab, calamari, shrimp, salmon, or a simple burger—you name it, Fog Harbor has it. Located right on Pier 39, after your meal you can enjoy dessert with an amazing vantage point of the fireworks show.
1801 E. Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
If you are looking for a full-package experience on the Fourth of July, Prelude at the Green Music Center includes fine dining, a full concert with a symphony and, of course, fireworks. And if that wasn’t enough, the concert includes Broadway, film and television star Megan Hilty. With tables front and center of the stage, you literally have everything at your fingertips. If you are wanting to move around or enjoy the experience surrounded by like-minded people, there is a bar with a perfect view of the fireworks show, too.
Andrew Wilson started a music webzine to photograph and write about his favorite artists. He quickly notoriety as both a writer and photographer, and has since been published to a variety of national news sites. Andrew resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is pursuing a degree in landscape photography.